|Texas Rangers – No. 45|
October 9, 1986 |
|Bats: Switch||Throws: Left|
|April 25, 2009 for the Texas Rangers|
(through May 9, 2013)
|Earned run average||4.54|
Derek Lane Holland (born October 9, 1986) is a Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher for the Texas Rangers. He is noted for his kid-like appearance and juvenile behavior. He was the no. 2 rated prospect in the organization according to Baseball America, behind Neftalí Feliz, for 2009. He is nicknamed the Dutch Oven.
Baseball career 
Pitching style 
Holland has the ability to throw a variety of pitches to right-handed hitters and left-handed hitters at different speeds. His primary pitch is a four-seam fastball averaging 94-95 mph. To lefties, he throws the four-seamer, a two-seamer, and a slider (82-85). To righties, he throws a balance of the aforementioned pitches as well as a changeup in the mid 80s and a curveball in the mid-high 70s. Holland relies heavily on his slider with two strikes to both right-handed and left-handed hitters.
2009: Major League debut 
On April 22, 2009, Holland made his major league debut; pitching 2⅓ innings, allowing 3 hits, no runs, no walks, and striking out 2. On August 9, he pitched his first complete game, a 7–0 shutout against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Anaheim.
Holland spent the majority of 2010 in Triple-A Oklahoma City, and was called up only due to injuries to other starters. After winning his first two decisions, he lost his next three. He ended the regular season with a 3–4 record, and 4.08 ERA.
2010 Post-season 
Holland allowed 3 runs in 4.2 innings in the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays. He pitched 5.2 innings in the ALCS with no earned runs, and was crucial in Game 4, earning the victory against the defending champion New York Yankees. He came in in the fourth inning with one out and the bases loaded, and got his team out of a serious jam while also eating away innings to protect his bullpen.
Unfortunately, Holland would not have the same success in the World Series against the San Francisco Giants. In game 2, Holland entered with one on and one out in the bottom of the 8th inning, with the Rangers trailing 2-0. Seemingly unable to handle the pressure of pitching in the World Series for the first time, Holland walked all three batters he faced, without recording an out, and forced in the runner he inherited via his final walk. Holland's wildness would open the door for what turned into a huge inning for the eventual champion Giants, as all three of the batters he walked would come around to score. The Rangers would lose the game 9-0. Holland did pitch a scoreless relief inning in a game four 4-0 loss, but he and the Rangers would lose the series 4-1.
Derek Holland started the 2011 season as a starter for the Rangers, and despite a 4.96 ERA, won four of his five starts in April and May. He lowered his ERA to 4.14 in June, mainly by virtue of his first shutout of the season. He started off July with inconsistency, failing to make it out of the first inning against the Marlins. Over the next five starts, he would respond by throwing three more shutouts.
In 2011, he was 16–5 with a 3.95 ERA. He led the AL in shutouts (4; tied for fifth-most in Rangers history), was 3rd in win-loss percentage (.762; the fifth-best in Rangers history), and was 4th in wins.
On October 23, Holland was the winning pitcher in Game 4 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, giving up no runs on two hits, two walks and striking out seven. He was pulled from the game after pitching 8 and 1/3 innings.
He signed a contract extension on March 20, 2012 that is worth $28.5 million over 5 years with a two year club option with Texas Rangers. Holland finished the regular season with a won-loss record of 12-7 with an ERA of 4.67 as he gave up 32 home runs, fifth highest in Major League Baseball.
Twitter controversy 
On Sunday, September 30, 2012, after a poor pitching performance, Holland's Twitter account responded to an angry comment from a fan with "Ur a fag." The comment was later deleted. When the media asked Holland about it, he stated that he had not written the anti-homosexual slur, but rather said that he had been hacked. Holland claimed that Major League Baseball was looking into the incident. As of April 1, 2013 no report has been issued on the investigation.
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- MLB Top 50 Prospects
- Derek Holland stats at MinorLeagueBaseball.com
- Derek Holland Bio/Stats page at MLB.com